Battle of Malatitze

The Battle of Molyatichi (Swedish: Malatitze), also known as the Battle of Dobroye, took place on August 31, 1708 at Molyatichi (present-day Belarus near the Russian border) during the Great Northern War. The Russian army of Peter the Great under the command of Mikhail Golitsyn successfully attacked the avatgarde of the Swedish Army of Charles XII under Carl Gustaf Roos. The fighting occurred in the swamp between the rivers Belaya Natopa and Chernaya Natopa. The Swedish forces were surprised by the Russian attack in the morning fog and withdrew to the main Swedish army. The swampy landscape prevented the Russian cavalry to cut off the Swedish way of retreat. Since the attack of the main body of the Swedish army was not part of the Russian intentions at that moment, the Russians pulled back. The Swede chronists noted the grown fighting skills of the Russians. Together with the following Battle of Lesnaya, the battle of Malatitze caused Charles XII to abort his advance to Central Russia.

Battle of Malatitze
Part of the Swedish invasion of Russia
Карта № 2 к статье «Доброе». Военная энциклопедия Сытина (Санкт-Петербург, 1911-1915).jpg
DateAugust 30, 1708 (O.S.)
August 31, 1708 (Swedish calendar)
September 10, 1708 (N.S.)
Molyatichi, present-day Belarus
53°51′26″N 31°32′32″E / 53.8571°N 31.5422°E / 53.8571; 31.5422
Result Swedish victory
Naval Ensign of Sweden.svg Swedish Empire Flag of Russia.svg Tsardom of Russia
Commanders and leaders
Naval Ensign of Sweden.svg Carl Gustaf Roos Russia Mikhail Golitsyn
5,000 men[1] 13,000 men[1]
Casualties and losses
300 killed
750 wounded[2]
700 killed
2,000 wounded[3] according to Russians 375 killed and 1,191 wounded


  1. ^ a b Dorrell, Nicholas. The Dawn of the Tsarist Empire: Poltava & the Russian Campaigns of 1708—1709, Partizan Press (2009). pp 92–97
  2. ^ Peter From, Katastrofen vid Poltava (2007), Lund, Historiska media. pp. 196.
  3. ^ Clodfelter, Micheal (2002). Warfare and Armed Conflict. McFarland. pp. 94, 97.